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Pentax Optio WG-1 Rugged Waterproof Digital Camera

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  • Rugged 12th-generation waterproof digital camera is adventure proof, and suitable for almost any environment
  • Waterproof to 33 feet; shockproof design protects from drops up to 5 feet; also crushproof, coldproof and dustproof
  • 14-megapixel resolution; wide-angle 5x internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent)
  • Capture video in widescreen 720p HD at 30 frames per second
  • Compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards (not included)
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Product Description

The Pentax Optio WG-1 digital camera is ready for the outdoors. Water-proof, shock-proof, dust-proof, and even crush-proof, this tough little 14-megapixel camera has a wide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom to make sure that it not only survives your next hiking, camping, biking, rafting … outdoor excursion, it brings back clear memories you can share with everyone who didn't go.

Product Details

Color: Black | Size: One
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 1.1 x 4.5 inches ; 5.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: 16926
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,010 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)

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Customer Reviews

battery lasts forever and the quality of pictures are great. lately, however, water/debris easily makes its way in and causes the camera to malfunction for days or weeks. Read more ›
I would recommend taping the…The picture quality was stunning in landscape and macro, portraits were so-so, and night time pictures were sub par, understandably. Underw… Read more ›
In one setting, I took pictures with both the WG-1 and a friends android phone. I could not believe that the phone picture was crystal clear. The WG-1 picture was so out of… Read more ›
I videoed while being slammed head-on in all the big rapids and the camera still kept videoing. The quality was superb. I used automatic settings on both video and still… Read more ›
It feels great in my hand and it is so easy to use. The picture quality is fantastic and it is great for catching action shots. This camera is durable and dependable and I… Read more ›
Picture quality is very good, which is why it is surprising that the video is so bad. I suppose that if you want really good video and a waterproof camera, get a GoPro. Read more ›
The photo quality of the WG-2 is fair. Some of the shooting modes are interesting. Read more ›
I'm giving the camera 2 stars because I LIKE the way it looks and the outer build and features are great .... There are so many great features:pets mode, panorama mode,… Read more ›
I had previously had several Canon point and shoots, and in terms of picture and video quality, menu ease of use and other features, they were great. Unfortunately, they… Read more ›
cant say that with other point and shoots. has lots of great options like underwater video and tons more. Read more ›
I am a geologist and have used it to take quite a few photos of rock outcrops, people,…It has a lot of cool functions and have survived many spelunking trips as well. W… Read more ›
First let me preface this by saying I loved this camera (and the precursor models). There are so many cool functions, for example, the digital microscope is a brilliant idea. Read more ›
This camera shoots very good pictures, has a great selection of popular settings and the movie…The doors to the USB and battery/card are cleverly design and easy to use. Read more ›
I use it to take dental intra-oral photos for patients. Staff loves it because it's light and easy to use. The quality is a little bit less than the Nikon DSLR D100 with… Read more ›
Took it to Mexico for snorkeling and it works great! Very easy to use and it also works great to take my pictures of my grand kids. Read more ›
Camera is very easy to operate with pre-settings adjusted for any scenario. Waterproof function has not been mastered. Read more ›
I normally go through cameras like water, but this one has held up with everything I have done so far. Very easy to use, a good little point-and-shoot. So far I have 2… Read more ›
I bought this for a once in a lifetime Swim with The Manatees vacation. The camera is easy to use, functioned flawlessly, and takes better pictures than I would have thought. Read more ›
well worth the money took grate pics did not use it will diving…it more then paid for it self withe the quality off the pics in the water, and the video was the best . m… Read more ›
I bought it as a back-up/wet camera to my Lumix G2 and my wife Olympus E520 and I ended up using it a lot,…Video is also awesome, guys, this is a great buy for the money. Read more ›
We used it for land pictures, snorkeling and on an underwater excursion 28 feet down. This camera took amazing photos and videos. We did not have any issues. Read more ›
For example, I had this camera on me when I was hiking in the rain one day and came…I was able to get some great video of the beaver in a downpour and it looked very good. Read more ›
N…And this camera takes video, too, so I have great video and pics (not SO great of quality pics, as per my below Dec 2011 review) of everything we did when no one else does! Read more ›
I was…This had been a life time dream of mine - to snorkel the Caribbean when I retire and this was the perfect camera to capture not only great images, but video as well. Read more ›
Shutter lag is minimal. The zoom range is perfect - a 5x medium-wide to medium-telephoto range is much more useful in fast action situations than a 10x normal to long tele. T… Read more ›
The digital microscope mode allows for some pretty/odd…Big con is the digital zoom looks horrid, it doesn't seem to want to focus, but the optical zoom is fantastic. Read more ›
The l.e.d. lights are handy, too. Optical zoom works pretty well for pictures. You'll want a steady hand or stand if zoomed all the way in. Read more ›
Digital microscope blew my mind with the clarity and detail that can be achieved. Zoom is reasonable. Pictures have a dramatic feel to them with great contrast. Read more ›
I recently purchased this camera for…I wish it had a more powerful zoom but I was very pleased with both the video and camera for ease of use an quality of the pictures. Read more ›
I purchased the WG-1 for as my primary underwater and on-land…The rugged nature of the design, small size, good zoom, and 14MP resolution were all factors in selecting it. Read more ›
Great little camera when i don't want to carry a bulky SLR. This takes some very impressive photos with wonderful color saturation. Have had it in the water, in the snow,… Read more ›
This camera has worked extremely well. Beautiful clear pictures with good underwater color. I use it primarily for snorkeling, but also use it when taking pictures in the… Read more ›
She saved her money and we ordered it & paid extra for 2 day shipping so she…It worked great and the pictures were clear and the color excellent, for the first 15 days. T… Read more ›
The only negatives I can see are that the caribiner that comes with the camera is cheap, cheap, cheap, and…Lots of not so sharp pictures, color is often not true as well. Read more ›
Took camera on a Cruise all photos including underwater were excellent. Easy to carry with caribener and point and shoot made things simple. No problems and clarity was… Read more ›
I'm very pleased with this and it makes a very nice second, tag-a-long camera that can be used virtually anywhere. Very compact, light and easy to carry around. Read more ›
- Very good pictures under sunny and outdoor conditions (it saturates greens/blues so the pictures have quite a punch, but honestly…- Smaller than it looks, easy to carry Read more ›
I am using a 16gb SD card which works great in it. Screen is comfortably large and bright. Digital microscope blew my mind with the clarity and detail that can be achieved. Read more ›
There's no viewfinder, so you have to either "shotgun" your composition or take off the sunglasses and use the unavailable left…(To be fair, it's a pretty bright screen.) Read more ›
What…Most of the drawbacks have to do with that nice big LCD screen, and that's too bad because big screens seem to be as much a selling point as megapixels used to be. H… Read more ›
Can't wait to take it to the ocean and then skiing this winter. Battery life is excellent as well. Read more ›
1. pocket size 2. good battery (I previously had a canon powershot pocket camera with awful battery life) 3. High Resolution - 10MP+ Read more ›
And the caribiner is great too! 2. good battery - awesome. Lasted 2 days at a time on vacation, roughly 300 shots per charge including shooting videos. Read more ›
This camera is a lot of fun! Shooting macro images with the series of LED lights around the lens is awesome! For the novice user, set up is simple and straightforward, lots… Read more ›
The new WG-1 is a bit larger. However, it makes up for the size with a fully interior lens mechanism. Read more ›
Easy to carry with caribener and point and shoot made things simple. No problems and clarity was exceptional. Read more ›
I could see individual bits of pollen when shooting a flower or individual pores on my finger. Even when I blew the images up and zoomed in, the clarity was amazing. Read more ›
My favorite feature is the microscope mode, or the macro mode. The pictures are SO clear and detailed, it's amazing. I was even able to take a super close, clear picture of… Read more ›
Even the some of the macro shots managed to surprise me with how sharp and detailed they were (On a sidenote, I appreciate that they ringed the lens with tiny LEDS to… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

99 of 100 people found the following review helpful By qbc1899 on June 26, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One Verified Purchase
I bought this product for an upcoming trip to Hawaii and wanted a camera with underwater capability. I also bought the Panasonic Lumix TS3 to compare and ended up returning it. I am happy with my choice to keep the Pentax.

Here is what I liked:

The durability and the rugged feel of this camera right away impressed me. I felt like I was holding a camera that wouldn't break if I dropped it or tossed it into my purse. It was exactly what I needed for an outdoor/adventure trip. I was most excited to try out the Macro capabilities of this camera. They were among the first shots I took. All I can say is that they were amazing. Far and away, the quality was better than anything I have seen for a Point and Shoot camera. I could see individual bits of pollen when shooting a flower or individual pores on my finger. Even when I blew the images up and zoomed in, the clarity was amazing.

Once I got onto my trip, I used the camera underwater in various depths, from 3 feet of water to 250 (although I did not go down that far, this camera is only waterproof to 30 feet). The clarity of the images while zooming in in deep in water was great. I took a picture of a puffer fish that was close to 100 feet below me in 250 feet of water and the image turned out. I took pictures of sharks, dolphins, fish and coral. The pictures are clear and vibrant. The macro setting on some of the coral is to die for. I was so impressed with how these turned out. Had no problems with the camera being waterproof. After each underwater adventure (lasting from 20 minutes to two hours in the water, diving up to 20-25 feet deep for some pictures), I rinsed the camera with clean water and let it air dry before I opened any compartments. The color quality is spot on, no weird colors turning up.
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114 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Geurts on April 20, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One Verified Purchase
Check out my updating youtube videos. I am user: "PentaxWG1" The good the bad the ugly. The over all feel of this camera is strong and gripable. I love having metal and rubber on my electronics. I have dropped this camera. It was on my lap in the jeep and there was a hornet. I jumped out and it threw to the ground. No problems. The removable circle around the lens (macro stand) has threads. They are 46mm and can screw on filters and caps. I got a cap, uv filter, polorized filter, and flourecent filter on e-bay for $6. So other than the sony TX10, this is the only camera that can protect the lens. Can't wait to buy a telescopic lens. My camera has been underwater about 15 ft. I've seen no problems with leaking. It has two openeings; one for battery and sd card, and one for hd/av hook-up. Both seem strong and sturdy to me. Battery cover does move ever so slightly but seems fine. Ok, thats the construction. As you have already heard, the macro/super macro is awesome. If you can get your specimen to sit still, you can get some pretty great material. The movie macro is even pretty cool, but you have to stay at a consistant focal length or it gets blury. I recorded a wolf spider in pitch black and the l.e.d. lights around the lens made it look like a monster movie! One bad thing about the macro is that when set straight down on the subject it will focus and take the picture on something as flat as a leaf or picture.... if it protrudes as much as a dime width or more it won't stay focused. But when I pulled back just a hair the dime did look awsome. N-E-Wayz, It seems the closer you are to the subject with this camera the better it looks. A closer shot of two people, shoulders and up, look really good. But further away not so much. pictures of groups of people (full body) or the shot of a pond or a...Read more ›
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161 of 188 people found the following review helpful By lolligag on May 17, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One
We owned a Pentax's first waterproof camera (Optio W10) and loved it. So when it came time to upgrade we bought this one before our trip to Mexico. We choose this one because of its ergonomic design. We figured this would work wonders when splashing around underwater and be easy to hold onto. The ergonomic design is the only redeeming feature of this camera.

At first we were concerned about how loose the battery door was. The battery door stayed shut but it would slide partially open when closed and was very loose (not enough for water to actually get in but enough to make us concerned). Thinking it might just be the camera we picked up, we went back to the store where we bought it from. After looking at other ones it appears to be part of the design. This should have been our first clue that this is a horrible camera.

While on vacation in Mexico the camera froze several times requiring the battery to be removed to get it to unfreeze. Now this can be a true problem when you need to let the camera dry for about an hour before opening the battery door otherwise you risk exposing both the battery and memory card to water.

We also discovered small water spots on the inside of the display screen. Clearly it is not as waterproof as claimed. I am glad we were only using it while wading in the ocean and not actually snorkelling.

The battery life is extremely poor requiring charging every two days when the camera is moderately used.

We also found the image quality not that good. After returning from our vacation, we looked at old images from our previous camera (Optio W10) and they were much better even though it was only 6 megapixels. In fact the same picture taken with our iPhone 3Gs had a better image quality.
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